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Peach Bowl preview: UCF vs. Auburn

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 10 UCF Knights faces the No. 8 Auburn Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Monday afternoon. The game will kick off at 12:30 pm on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Knights come into this game with a perfect season, as they are 12-0. The Tigers are 10-3.

UCF Knights quarterback Mckenzie Milton runs the option in the second quarter of the American Athletic Conference Championship game against the Memphis Tigers (Getty Images)

UCF Knights quarterback Mckenzie Milton runs the option in the second quarter of the American Athletic Conference Championship game against the Memphis Tigers (Getty Images)

This is the Tigers second game in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a month. They lost to the Georgia Bulldogs, 28-7, on December 2nd.

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the public poll says each team will have a 50% chance to win this game. However, their expert poll gives the Tigers a 59% chance to win this game.

Auburn leads the all-time series 3-0. This is the first meeting between these two teams in nearly 20-years, as the Tigers won 28-10 over the Knights on November 6th, 1999.

The Tigers also won 10-6 on November 7th, 1998. Auburn rolled over the Knights, 41-4, on September 27th, 1997.

The Knights are 3-5 all-time in Bowl games. But they are 1-0 in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the College Football Playoff bowl games.

They lost their last two Bowl games, as they lost to the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 31-13, in the AutoNation Cure Bowl on December 17th, 2016. They also lost 34-27 to the North Carolina State Wolfpack on December 26th, 2014 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

They are 0-1 with Scott Frost as the Knights head coach in Bowl games. This will be Frost’s final game with the team, before he officially begins his tenure as the Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach after the game.

UCF has not won a Bowl game since defeating the Baylor Bears, 52-42, in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, 2014. The Knights bowl wins came on December 29th, 2010, December 21st, 2012 and the aforementioned win over the Bears.

This is the Knights first-ever game in the Peach Bowl. They have also never played in a Bowl game in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Tigers are 23-16-2 all-time in Bowl games. They have lost their last Bowl game, losing 35-19 to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl on January 2nd, 2017.

They have not won a Bowl game since December 30th, 2015 when they defeated the Memphis Tigers, 31-10, in the Birmingham Bowl. This is their lone win with Gus Malzahn as head coach in Bowl games, as they are 1-3.

This is the Tigers fourth-ever appearance in the Peach Bowl, as they are 2-1 in this Bowl game. All of their three previous Peach Bowls came from December 29th, 19990 through December 21st, 2001.

They lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 16-10, on December 31st, 2001. Their last Peach Bowl win came on January 2nd, 1998, as they defeated the Clemson Tigers, 21-17.

Auburn is 4-1 all-time in Atlanta, Georgia based Bowl games, all in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Central Florida has won 12 straight games. They have not suffered a loss since the aforementioned loss to the Red Wolves in the AutoNation Cure Bowl on December 17th, 2016.

Auburn lost its last regular-season game, as they lost 28-7 to the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game in early December. They have not won a regular-season game since defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide, 26-14, in the Iron Bowl on November 25th.

UCF is averaging 49.4 points per game. Auburn is averaging 34.4 points per game.

Knights quarterback Mckenzie Milton has gone 249 of 360 for 3,795 passing yards. He has 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Adrian Killins Jr. leads the running backs with 112 carries for 762 rushing yards and ten touchdowns. Trequan Smith leads the receivers with 54 receptions for 1,082 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham has gone 218 of 327 for 2,827 passing yards. He has 17 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Kerryon Johnson leads the running backs with 263 carries for 1,320 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Ryan Davis leads the receivers with 76 receptions for 768 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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